Kern - 8) Rancheria Road to Hart Park

Kern, California, US


8) Rancheria Road to Hart Park

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 4.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 14 fpm

Between Play

Between Play
Photo taken 09/14/12

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Kern Rel Lake Isabella
dream-105 400 - 5000 cfs I-II 01h01m 302 cfs (too low)

River Description

Below Rancheria Road, the Kern is scenic and relatively flat.  There are a number of rapids or sections of swiftwater along the length.  Much of this section flows past public parks, so there are many options for access.  Below Hart Park the river is lined with private residences. 

Put in:
There is a large parking area on the south side of Rancheria Rd bridge.

Take out:
There appear to be a number of options for take out at either Kern River State Park (Lake Ming), or at the Kern River County Park.    There may be even more options further downstream, but boaters will have to portage various diversion dams.  


Other Information Sources:
Cassady & Calhoun, Martin, Alan Baty
Kern River Parkway
History article

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-09-18 23:49:06

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 14 2012 (2321 days ago)
krushing (154886)
The run from the mouth down to the Rancheria Run the water is diverted so you need high water to
run this but is an amazing run with water. The Rancheria run as posted below is off the hiking
trail on the east side of rancheria rd. We call this the Rancheria Run or Play Spot. Its the best
place to teach new kayakers and also has some very fun playboating and practice spots. Fun waves
and holes at different levels even low water is fun. Great place to fine tune your play boat or
river running skills 15 minutes from Downtown Bakersfield.
January 10 2002 (6220 days ago)
martin hoffDetails
Fun spot just twenty minutes from Bakersfield. A few waves and play spots. Best above 600cfs. A
short hiking trail just north of the bridge on Rancheria Rd. leads to the best spots. Easily spend
an hour or so on the play spots right near your automobile. Enjoy!